Munday calls time

After 305 games in purple and white, Kade Munday has hung up the boots.

The all time Burnie Dockers games record holder has had a glittering career with a number of individual accolades as part of a hugely successful club.

Coach Clinton Proctor found it difficult to quantify the impact of Burnie’s departing great.

“Kade has been an outstanding leader at our football club, one of the most durable and reliable players I have coached,” Proctor explained.

“Every week we knew that he would be at the coal face, and leading by example for his players.

“A true champion of the Burnie Football Club and will go down as one of the greatest ever,” Proctor said.

Munday’s time in the game has seen five premierships – including the Dockers’ 2012 Tasmanian State League flag, a Baldock medal and three club Best and Fairests. A startling record and an amazing career that the departing Burnie leader found difficult to walk away from.

“I plan on going to most games this year and no doubt it will be hard going to watch the boys play,” the departing Captain said.

“Any decision to stop doing something you’ve done full time for the last 16 years is definitely hard but it had to come to an end sometime and I feel (my body) that it was probably a good time to finish before things go past you.

“On the flip side, it was an easy decision to be able to spend more time at home with a young family so I’m looking forward to that.

Munday has a significant career highlight reel but of all the accolades and success, there are a few clear cut moments that stick out for the departing skipper.

“The biggest highlight is the 2012 TSL premiership, being ask to captain and to and to have the opportunity to captain the Burnie Footy Club was also very special and I always enjoyed singing the song after winning a game against Devonport.”

Proctor describes Munday as reliable, Munday attributes that reliability to training hard.

“I had a very lucky journey with injury, and the friendships I formed as well as being part of a successful club. Started off playing without a lot of care and preparation but finished off the opposite, I did not have a lot of pace but probably kept the same pace for most of the game. Something I did pride myself on was my skills and being able to use both sides and like training hard and ask others to do the same.”

The departure of Munday and other experienced heads has seen a change of the guard at the Dockers with the club likely to field one of the youngest teams in the TSL in 2017. Despite a regeneration, he believes the new-look dockers can compete but ultimately he only desires one thing from his beloved Burnie, they must beat Devonport.

“I will find it tough to beat the top teams but will challenge them for the majority of games. It appears that the standard of teams may have dropped a bit with a lot of player movement but they will have fun and play without pressure this year. As long as they beat Devonport…”

Local rivalries aside, Munday believes in the path the club is following and hopes Burnie fans won’t have to wait long for further success.

“Clint (Proctor) has a clear vision of junior development and retention is so hard on North West coast but he is the right man to make this happen. Let’s hope they can challenge within the next three years again.”

Kade Munday

– 305 club games
– All time games record holder
– 5 X premiership player (02,03,04,05 & 12)
– 3 X B&F winner
– 5 X runner up B&F
– Top 3 finish 13/16 seasons B&F
– 2008 Baldock medalist
– 2 X NTFL representative team
– Tasmania State League representative team

 

Burnie join Development League

AFL Tasmania has accepted an application from the Burnie Football Club to join the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Development League for the 2017 season.

Burnie FC made the application to the TSL following the club’s withdrawal from the North West Football League (NWFL), due to lack of player numbers and the inability to field senior and reserves teams in the NWFL competition.

Since their NWFL withdrawal, AFL Tasmania has been working with Burnie FC to explore all options to find an appropriate competition for Burnie’s under 18 team. After exhausting all other options, Burnie’s Under 18 team will now play in the Development League.

“Once the issue came to light over the last 14 days we have been in regular contact with Burnie FC and have been exploring all options to make sure the players effected could find an appropriate competition to compete in this year,” TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said.

“The NWFL did consider options including playing the Under 18’s on a Sunday alongside other junior footy. Unfortunately due to logistics and ground availability this wasn’t possible.”

It was only once all other options were eliminated that the TSL considered a Development League entry as an option for Burnie’s existing Under 18 team.

“We appreciate that the situation and its timing is complex for all, it is not a situation we desired to confront. We have had tremendous support from all of our TSL clubs to do whatever we can to assure Burnie FC and the affected players have a competition to play in come April 1,” said Saunder.

“We are currently working on a revised Development League fixture which may have to be a modified draw in terms of the number of games Burnie FC will play. However, this could work favourably as it would reduce travel demands.

“It just may mean we have to consider a percentage of win/loss to work out finals qualification, but that is manageable.

“Our priority over the last 14 days has been finding an appropriate competition for the Burnie Under 18 players to play in 2017 in the Burnie FC jumper.”

A revised fixture for the Development League will be released in the coming days.

Season Preview: Burnie Dockers

2017 TSL Season Preview – Burnie

Written by Alex FitzGerald.

TSL Inception: 2009 (Founding Team)

TSL Premierships: 2012 (5 Senior Premierships in the NTFL as Burnie Dockers, 28 as either   Cooee Bulldogs/Burnie Tigers in other formats)

Home Ground: West Park, Burnie

Guernsey Colours: Purple and White

Head Coach: Clint Proctor

Captain: Nick McKenna

Rivals: Devonport, North Launceston

Key Clashes: Round 1 vs Tigers at Twin Ovals on April 1

Round 3 vs Devonport at West Park on April 14 (Good Friday)

Round 6 vs North Launceston at UTAS Stadium on May 6

2016: Third

Ins: Jayden Cox, Jamieson House, Cameron Hall

Outs: Clint Riley, Zane Murphy, Zac Smith, Dylan Smith, Darren Banham

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2016 Recap:

The Dockers had a sensational home and away season in 2016, defeating coastal rival Devonport in all three encounters and losing only three games all year on their way to a second placed ladder position prior to the finals series.  A slim loss to North Launceston in the qualifying final was offset by a win over Lauderdale the following week, but a resounding defeat at the hands of eventual premiers Glenorchy in the preliminary final saw Burnie’s year end on a low note.

Coach Clint Proctor was proud of his team’s efforts, given their travel demands and the loss of key playmakers through injury late in the season, and believes his troops simply ran out of legs in September. Tyrone Morrison, Jobi Harper, Clint Riley and Harry Walters were all rewarded for stellar seasons by being selected in the TSL Team of the Year, as was Clint Proctor who was named as Assistant Coach.

The rise of ruckman Tyrone Morrison to become the dominant big man of the TSL in 2016 surprised many, but those at Burnie always knew he had the talent to succeed, and with the departure of  former Essendon Bomber Jason Laycock, he rose to give on-ballers Harper and Riley first use of the football more often than not last season.

2017 Pre-Season:

The focus of pre-season at Burnie has been building leg speed and endurance to match the increased pace of the competition in recent seasons.  Despite some off-season departures, a nucleus of experience remains at West Park, with Rudy Barrett and James Dowling in particular having returned to training in peak condition and looking to spend more time in the midfield in 2017.  Proctor has urged supporters to be patient with the young list, and sees the leadership group of Nick McKenna, Tyrone Morrison, Rudy Barrett, James Dowling, Jobi Harper, as well as Nick and Harry Walters as all being equipped with the skills to aid player development across the season.

The Season Ahead:

While the Dockers were clearly in the top three best sides in the competition last season, 2017 sees a much younger competition take to the field overall, and Burnie are no exception.  Proctor sees this as an opportunity for his coaching group and experienced core players to step up as leaders, and add another dimension to their games, both on and off the field.  Many predict the Dockers to fall down the ladder this season, but don’t be surprised if they rise to the challenge week in week out, especially at West Park, where they were only defeated twice last season.

2017 Prediction: 7th-9th.

 

Locked in

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

Burnie has made a big statement about its immediate future by re-signing Clint Proctor as their State League coach for the next two seasons and appointing Clinton Carpenter as a playing-coach for their NWFL side.

Proctor’s State League side ended the season on a sour note, with a 94-point loss to eventual premier Glenorchy in the preliminary final.

However, the tough conclusion to a positive season has not dulled his enthusiasm for 2017 and beyond.

“There’s unfinished business for me.’’ Proctor said on Friday.

“We have to take responsibility and look in our own backyard first, as we set ourselves to have a successful campaign during the finals series, and it was a bit unfortunate that we went out the way we did.

We know we need to try to improve and keep developing the way we have done.”

Proctor said the development of Josh Holland, Josh Handley, Kyle Harman, Kallum Kubicki and Tom Mundy gave the club a ‘’solid foundation’’.

He has lost the services of Zac Smith to Wynyard, with Proctor thanking Smith for his contribution.

Despite this departure, Proctor was confident of having the majority of this year’s squad on deck next season.

“Retention will be the key for us, but at this stage, I do think the majority of the players will play on,’’ he said.

Burnie coach Clint Proctor has re-signed for two more years.

“But the reality is there is always a four or five player turnover at every club no matter what the level.

“We are prepared for that, but at this stage we think we will have a healthy list.”

Proctor praised the appointment of former Penguin big-man Carpenter, saying it was ‘’exciting’’ for the club’s young core.

“On-field leadership in the NWFL, especially with our boys, is going to be a massive asset, so I am really excited by it,’’ he said.

Excited is also the word used to describe how 34-year-old Carpenter is feeling ahead of taking up the role with a NWFL side which managed just one win this season.

“It is going to be a challenge, but it is a good list and these kids have all the ‘right stuff’ to be good players,’’ he said.

“We will be doing a lot of work in the off-season on both their strengths and their weaknesses.

“While I’m not expecting them to be world beaters, some of them have shown that they can compete.

“It certainly will be a ‘back to basics’ approach early on.

“Winning will be a priority for me, and will be structured up on the ground trying to win.”

Carpenter, who replaces Andrew Bacon,  described himself as a ‘’team coach’’, in what will be his return to the playing field after an 18-month absence.

“I have the approach that we will be ‘doing it for each other’ out there.

“If we want to succeed out there, then we have to make sure we are in it together.

“I am really looking forward to teaching these kids about the game.”

Carpenter played 186 games for Penguin in defence, and could have an impact  up forward and in the ruck, and has strong coaching experience under his belt, which in the opinion of the Dockers made him the perfect candidate.

Clinton Carpenter is ready for the NWFL coaching challenge.

Burnie president Peter Vincent said the club was quite confident about its on-field leadership.

“We are very happy to keep Clint (Proctor) on board as we think he is doing a great job,’’ Vincent said.

“The list will be refreshed and he will have some exciting young talent and some strong experience.

“In the NWFL, it will be handy to have someone with experience on the field and will bolster those stocks and lead the young guys out there.

“He (Carpenter) will continue the strong work that was started by Andrew Bacon in developing these kids.”

Harper the top Docker

By Camron Slessor, The Advocate

The midfielder joined the Burnie Dockers at the start of the 2016 Tasmanian State League season and was a standout from his first game.

He has been rewarded for his impact on the side by taking out the Burnie Dockers TSL West Park medal for best and fairest in 2016.

Harper said while he didn’t expect to lead the list he was “stoked” with the achievement.

“I didn’t really go in with any expectations of winning,” Harper said.

“And obviously I would have traded it for a flag with the Dockers.”

Harper said when he joined the Dockers this season he had aimed to have an impact from the get go.

“You obviously go into a new club hoping to make that impact.

“I really wanted to add a bit to the side and hopefully have some success.

“We’ve got a good core group of players and a couple of young guys coming through so we are really working towards something.”

Clint Riley and Kade Munday also impressed in the vote count for the Dockers.

A number of NWFL sides have also held their best and fairest counts in the last fortnight with standout players rewarded for their impressive seasons.

Michael Flint took out the top award for the Latrobe Demons in their premiership season with returning star Josh Holland finishing second and top goal kicker Ryan Keep rounding out the top three in the count.

Todd Munro took honours for Penguin in an impressive season for the Two Blues that saw them fall just short in a thrilling grand final.

Defender Finbar Wray-McCann finished runner-up in a standout season for the full back.

At the Wynyard Cats it was Jacob Hamill who took the top honour for his impressive season off the half back line as well as the wing with Sam Gleeson finishing runner-up.

Ulverstone held their count last Friday night with versatile ruckman Luke Dyson taking out top prize with utility Jacob Wiggers finishing runner-up.

It my come as no surprise that Baldock Medalist Matt Elliott took honours at the Circular Head Giants with playing coach Aaron Tuxworth finishing just behind.

At East Devonport Nathan Applebee was named best and fairest ahead of runner-up Brodie Webb and Jack Triffett in third.

The Devonport Football Club are the remaining club to still hold their 2016 awards night.

They will award their TSL and NWFL winners at their best and fairest count to be held this Friday night, September 30.

TWL Grand Final preview

Clarence v Burnie Dockers

In a repeat of the previous two Grand Finals, reigning Premier Clarence take on Burnie Dockers on the last Saturday of the TWL season. These two teams have clashed three times this season, with results sitting at one apiece for the regular season. Clarence were victors by 25 points in the Second Semi Final, with Burnie unable to score in the second half.

Both teams are jam packed with talent, with Burnie Dockers boasting two players with AFL experience in Emma Humphries and Ellyse Gamble, with draft hopeful Brit Gibson starring in her first season returning from injury.

Clarence’s Jacinta Limbrick and Zoie Crawford will be doing a lot of running through the midfield on a big ground while young gun Charlotte Kenny will rebound off half back all day.

The first half will be an exciting and fast paced game but expect the game to slow down on a big ground in the back half.

Burnie Dockers will be looking for redemption after the 2015 season, while Clarence will be looking to go back to back. This game is sure to go down to the wire.

Looking for leadership

By Brad Cole, The Advocate

Burnie coach Clint Proctor expects his senior players to come to the fore in Saturday’s TSL preliminary final to help arrest a worrying trend of goal droughts against the top teams.

The Dockers kicked only one goal after quarter-time against North Launceston in the qualifying final, and were held goalless by Glenorchy for the final three quarters in their round 11 thrashing earlier this year.

Proctor said they can’t afford the same scenario against the Magpies at Blundstone Arena, but knows the pressure will be on Aaron Cornelius’ team not to go out in straight sets.

“With a young squad you are prone to having those lapses and inconsistencies, and we’ve trying to get it right all year,” he said.

“In the end the responsibilities has to come from our leaders and we expect them to stand up tomorrow if that moment comes.

“Of course there is pressure on Glenorchy – they’ve fallen last week and they are facing the possibility of going out in straight sets, which we faced that last week.

“We’re all human – there are elements of this game and life in general where you have to stand up.

“There is no doubt the doubt is there – we just have to delve into it.”

The Dockers’ men’s team won’t be the only Burnie team hoping to make it through to a grand final against Glenorchy with the club’s women’s side taking on the Magpies at West Park.

The two teams have met on two occasions throughout the season, with the ledger standing at 1-1.

Burnie gained the upper hand in round three with a 28-point win, but Glenorchy bounced back in round 10 with a narrow two-point win at KGV in tough conditions.

While the Dockers have the competitions leading goalkicker in Brittany Gibson (55 goals) and Ellyse Gamble (27 goals), the Magpies have plenty of firepower up forward themselves thanks to Nietta Lynch (41 goals) and Kaitlin Rattenbury (22 goals).

The winner gets the right to play reigning premiers Clarence in next week’s grand final.

The preliminary final starts at 1.00pm.

Burnie looking to cause an upset

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

Burnie coach Clinton Proctor knows he faces a difficult task in trying to plot a way to beat Glenorchy in Saturday’s State League preliminary final at Bellerive Oval.

“It’s a difficult one – they are obviously a great football team  they move the ball really well and Bowden up forward is really dangerous and Reynolds and their midfielders – we are going to have to be at our best that’s for sure,” Proctor said.

He said the Dockers had a few options for a likely match-up on Bowden but it would be important to cut the midfield supply to the Pies forward dynamo.

“We have to put pressure on their entries and that way we can work together as a team to nullify Bowden but ultimately there are 21 other players out there for Glenorchy who have evidently been very good this year and we have to give them all respect.”

Proctor was impressed with his side’s ability to fight in the dying stages of their semi-final win against Lauderdale last week with no rotations left on the bench.

“We were impressed with the boys ability to fight against everything Lauderdale threw at us especially late in the quarter and to rally and really dig deep and find the condition in their fitness to be able to get over the line,” he said.

“I think their heart is definitely in it and so is there mind at the moment and we have to take that into this weekend’s match.

“We beat Clarence down there and had a win but we have played there just once this year and the last time we went there we went down to Glenorchy so only a couple of trips in the last two seasons but playing at an AFL arena is always a great opportunity and we look forward to it.”

Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius was critical of his side for letting North Launceston get in their face and distract them into indiscipline in last week’s game and said he expected similar tactics from Burnie.

“There is no secret that Burnie will come out and do that this weekend and they have some great antagonisers in their side and Darrren Banham is probably the best one at it in the league,” he said.

“I know it is a cliche but I would say I am more confident of winning the grand final than I am this weekend. I reckon they are better at antagonising than North Launceston are – they have physical bodies and it’s supposed to be wet so I am a bit more worried. I have no doubt if we play footy we can beat North L’ton but I think they identified that early in the game and changed tactics and it worked for them and credit to them.”

Weather could have last word on Pies line-up

By Adam Smith, The Mercury

FORECAST bad weather today and tomorrow could see Glenorchy adopt a horses-for-courses approach at the sel­ection table for the State League preliminary final against Burnie.

The Pies emerged unscathed from last week’s loss to North Launceston and coach Aaron Cornelius remains unwavering in his game plan which delivered the minor premiership.

But he has declared there could be a change or two before the first bounce at Blundstone Arena — depending on the weather and match-ups.

Glenorchy has successfully played two first-choice ruckmen in Cameron Duffy and Mitch Hills for the majority of the season, but one of the pair could make way against the Dockers.

“Burnie are big-bodied and play a different brand of footy,” Cornelius said.

“It’s horses for courses whether you take in the two ruckman against them or go an extra tall in the forward line or down back.

“We haven’t 100 per cent decided yet.

“The game is not necessarily who is in the best form, but who can play a role for you.”

Regular senior defender Sam Hall was named among the best players in the Development League victory last week, and should Cornelius decide to bring in an extra runner­ Trad Duggan could earn a reprieve.

Forward Daniel Muir, who has spent the past few weeks in the DL, has again been named as an emergency.

Burnie finished last week’s elimination semi without a rotation­ on the bench, but coach Clint Proctor is con­fident he will have a full squad to pick from.

Harry Walters (hamstring), Nick Mitchell (ribs) and Proctor (achilles) all failed to finish the match against Lauderdale but appear to have escaped any serious damage, though Proctor named himself as an emergency last night.

The Dockers also regain guns Zane Murphy (suspensions) and Andrew Lee (stomach).

“We were a little bit banged up, I don’t think we had a rotation­ left on the ground which is a little bit disappointing, but that’s the nature of the beast,” Proctor said.

“We have had a really good week with our recovery and been really diligent behind the scenes and professional.

“All players will be training [last night] and putting their hand up to play, which makes it a difficult night at selection.

“Now we just have to find the right match-ups and get the balance right.”

Burnie’s 25-man squad will travel to Hobart this afternoon.

Burnie’s wounded troops

By Phil Edwards, The Examiner

Burnie faces a big State League challenge on Saturday as they prepare to travel to Bellerive Oval to play Glenorchy in the TSL preliminary final with several injury concerns.

Burnie defeated the southern Pies by 26 points at West Park in round 4 but copped a 114-point thrashing at KGV in round 11.

“It is a massive challenge and we have been diligently working behind the scenes to try to get our match-ups right and all the boys on the park this week – that’s the biggest focus,” Burnie coach Clint Proctor said.

Proctor said he expected to have key midfielder Zane Murphy back from suspension but had a “few guys a bit banged up at the moment” after a tough semi-final against Lauderdale.

“It’s unfortunate but we will just play the fittest team possible at this stage.

“We will give Harry Walters (hamstring) every chance to get up and he will be selected in the team but it is something we will have to keep in-house to give him every opportunity to get up for such a big game.

“He is so important to our team obviously.

“I guess we will wait and see come Saturday morning. I am very confident Andy Lee should play this weekend providing he gets through training on Thursday night he will be selected.”

Proctor returned to play a role last week from an ongoing troublesome Achilles injury but said it would depend on availability of other players whether he would line-up this week.

“There are a few more guys who we will see if they get through training before I decide whether I am going to take the field or not.”

Burnie named Walters and Lee and included Emmitt Smith and Murphy.

Glenorchy has a full squad from which to choose and included Daniel Muir, Trad Duggan, Sam Hall and Brodie Rowbottom to an extended squad.

Pies coach Aaron Cornelius said Burnie was a different opponent to North Launceston and it would be a case of horses for courses in their selection process.

“You are playing two different types of footy – North was an interesting one and played Alex Lee and first time for a while had two ruckmen and used Rooza forward a bit more most likely because we played two ruckmen.

“Burnie are bigger bodies and play a different brand of footy so its horses for courses – who is in line whether you take in the two ruckmen or an extra tall in the forward line or down back.

“You have to play more runners against North but more physical bodies for Burnie.

“We haven’t 100 per cent decided yet and it becomes not necessarily who is in the best form but who can play their role for you.”